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The peach crops from the south have been slow because of a variety of weather problems, Jenny Schlecht learned. It was a good reminder that farming isn't easy whether you've got wheat fields or orchards.
Ditterich Mercantile recently opened to fill a need for a grocery store in Vergas, Minnesota. It's an example of community innovation and passion.
Head to the Douglas County website to review unofficial results from the Tuesday, Aug. 9 partisan primary election, writes Melissa Pratt.
A summer trip offered a much greater appreciation of the vastness of God’s creation on earth, while also putting things into perspective.

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"In the end it’s not about politics, it’s about seeing that the federal government is serving the American people’s interests," writes Lee Hamilton.
"An 80 mph wind ripped through our farmstead near Larimore, North Dakota, toppling trees, some of which landed in inopportune places."
"Douglas County would like to remind voters that any absentee ballots must arrive by Election Day to be counted. If there are any questions, please contact the county clerk at 715-395-1341," writes Melissa Pratt.
"Much of the trouble with religion is that we’ve convinced ourselves that we can know an infinite God, a God who created the entire universe that is billions of years old and which still reveals mysteries to us that we cannot solve. And in our hubris, we believe we can also know all of the answers about faith, especially about who is right and, more importantly, who is wrong."
"Travel again. Carve out time with your loved ones. Go see a corner of America you have yet to visit. Adventure awaits … and the work is still here when you come home."
"The law doesn’t say a plaintiff has to get a court order; it says a plaintiff has to “prevail.” And when you get the records you sued to obtain, you’ve prevailed. You got what you wanted. You won," writes Tom Kamenick.

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How can we balance the right to hide our identity with the potential harms of anonymity?
Listening sessions are underway for a new farm bill. What needs to be there and what doesn't?
"I take the Jan. 6 committee’s innovations as a good sign. It has updated the mechanics of the process to create a compelling lesson in the value of thorough research and leveling plainly with the American people about what the facts show," writes Lee Hamilton.

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